They temporarily held the lead on Day 3 but it just wasn't to be for Bill Godin and Leroy Wilson in the end.
Scott Andersen and Craig Peterson of Bemidji, Mn. tipped the scales with a final day haul of 17.85 pounds to dethrone the defending champs at the 31st-annual Kenora Bass International held Thursday through Saturday.
Nine boats went through the Whitecap Pavilion and the very last one pushed Godin, a Devlin resident, and Wilson, from International Falls, out of the “hot seat.”
Andersen and Peterson took home $19,111 in prize money with a three-day weight of 55.28 pounds.
Last year, it was Godin and Wilson who landed the title but they settled for second place this time around with a three-day total of 53.09 pounds after a 20.56-pound haul on the final day.
Andersen and Peterson finished in fifth place last year. They were leaders after Day 2 this year and managed to hold onto their lead.
A heat warning was in effect for most of the tournament, with scorching temperatures creeping over 30 degrees C, according to Environment Canada.
There also was an air quality advisory in the region due to smoke from forest fires in B.C. and Alberta.
Adam Bachynski and Andrew Beernaert of Keewatin finished in third place with a haul of 52.78 pounds.
David Winters of Baudette, Mn. and Joe Cooper of Angle Inlet placed fourth (51.71) while Jay Siemens of Altona, Man. and Mark Tully of Winnipeg rounded out the top five.
Taking sixth place was the duo of Clarence Gibbins Jr. of Morson and Ryan Kirkrude (hometown unavailable) with a total of 50.15 pounds.
Jon Olson of Keewatin and Clay LaJeunesse of Kenora were seventh (50.11), followed by Brett Meyers of Kenora and Nathan Brigham of Emo in eighth (49.85) and Mitchell Moncrief of Kenora and Shayne Mozdzen of Longbow Lake in ninth (49.62).
Rounding out the top 10 were Oliver and Jason Gibbins of Morson (49.02).
Thomas and Arvel White of Whitefish hauled in the biggest fish of the tournament—a 5.92-pound lunker they caught on Day 2.
A total of 1,876 fish were caught over the course of the tournament, with a combined weight of 5,162.83 pounds.
And this year, the “World" beat the "Locals” by 3.22 pounds over the three days.